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October 2008

Research Feature: ESB-IGERT

ESB-IGERT LogoIn September, the Earth’s Subsurface Biosphere IGERT graduate program completed its seventh and final year. The program provided two-year fellowships, special courses and research opportunities to 34 graduate students at Oregon State and Portland State universities. Read a Web feature that describes some of the highlights of the program and some reflections of faculty members as the program drew to a close.


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 22, 3:30 p.m., ALS 4001. Horizontal gene transfer and evolutionary history of bacteriophages with double-stranded RNA genomes (CGRB Seminar). Speaker: Arcady Mushegian, Bioinformatics Center, Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics & Immunology, University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Thursday, October 30, 3:00 p.m., Owen 106. Carbon sequestration in deep-sea basalt. Speaker: David Goldberg, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. Part of the special seminar series on Geologic Carbon Sequestration.

Thursday, November 6, 3:00 p.m., Owen 106. Numerical Modeling of Coupled Processes in Geologic Storage of Greenhouse Gases - Recent Results and Open Challenges. Speaker: Karsten Pruess, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Part of the special seminar series on Geologic Carbon Sequestration.

Link to a calendar of other related events...


Opportunities for Students

Sigma Xi, Research Grants for Undergraduate and Graduate Students. Sigma Xi, a scientific organization, offers grants-in-aid to fund research in science and engineering disciplines. Grant amounts range from $100 to $1,000 (with an average award of $600). Deadlines are October 15 and March 15.

OSU Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC). The URISC Fund is intended to enable undergraduate students to initiate a scholarly relationship with faculty early in their academic careers. Funds may be used for student salaries, travel, expendable equipment, etc. For the academic year program the maximum award is $1,000 for 1 term; $1,500 for 2 terms; and $1,800 for the full academic year. Awards must be spent in the quarters for which the funds were requested. Applications due November 3.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Consider applying for one of these prestigious fellowships! They provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and are intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. Applications are due November 3-12, depending on discipline.

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology. These fellowships support recent recipients of doctoral degrees. Currently the targeted programs are:

  1. Broadening Participation of Under-Represented Groups in Biology. These fellowships are described in the Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Supporting Activities program solicitation.
  2. Biological Informatics: These fellowships support researchers who are developing and using computational, statistical, visualization, and data-intensive technology in the collection, organization, dissemination, and use of information in biological research or are developing mathematical or statistical models to test theories and address empirical problems in areas of biology supported by BIO.

Applications are due November 3, 2008.


Funding Opportunities for Faculty

(listed by due date)

October 15, 2008 and April 15, 2009. American Society for Microbiology International Professorships Program.

Description: The Indo-US Professorships in Microbiology enables microbiologists in India and the United States to visit institutions in the other country to teach an interactive short course on a topic in any of the microbiological disciplines (Teaching Professor); and microbiologists in India to participate in an interactive short course on a topic in any of the microbiological disciplines, or conduct a research project in partnership with colleague in a research facility in the US (Research Professor). The Professorships for Asia, Africa and Latin America provide funding for an ASM member from the US to teach a hands-on, highly interactive microbiology short course in one of these locations. Awards are for up to $6000, depending on the program.

3 November 2008. OSU Research Equipment Reserve Fund (RERF).

Description: Funds may be used to acquire, repair, renovate, or improve EQUIPMENT directly used for research. The equipment may be inventoried capital equipment =>$5,000 per unit, fabricated capitalized equipment, or minor equipment costing less than $5,000 per unit which lasts at least two years.

10 November 2008. OSU 2008-2009 International Programs Faculty Grants and Awards Program.

Description: Aims to foster faculty international initiatives that contribute to expanding and strengthening the international dimensions of teaching, research and service at Oregon State University. These grants are available for regular OSU faculty members (tenured, tenure track, professional or fixed-term non–tenure track) with at least a .5 FTE and a nine- to twelve-month appointment.
Funding Details: Nine awards of up to $2,500 are anticipated in the 2008-2009 program.

14 November 2008. IWW-USGS Water Resources Grants.

Description: Through the federal Water Resources Research Act (Program 104(B)), the OSU Institute for Water and Watersheds receives federal matching funds to support water resources research and education activities in the Oregon. All faculty at Oregon universities and colleges are eligible to apply. In recent years, IWW has supplemented the USGS funds with additional funding from the OSU Water and Watersheds Initiative. Priority will be given to proposals that examine issues related to long-term water and watershed management, although creative proposals on other topics are highly encouraged.
Funding Details: Up to $30,000. All projects require a 2:1 match of non-federal funds. This match can be made in multiple ways including “forgiven overhead” (on both the USGS and matching funds) since no overhead is provided to the faculty’s institution.

The SBI has funding available for proposal development and maintains a list of external grant opportunities related to the subsurface biosphere.

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